The current objectives for Tea Tree Oil which will assist the industry to meet its challenges include:
1. Market access through regulatory response, product efficacy and safety research and its communication
2. Production systems that lower cost and increase productivity, including the tea tree breeding program
3. Proof of concept innovation uses for tea tree oil
4. Communication and industry capacity building
There is no statutory levy on tea tree oil. Funding is provided by RIRDC core funds and industry voluntary contributions. Growers and product manufacturers have made voluntary financial contributions to research, development and extension (RD&E) on a project by project basis for many years.
For the period 2015 to 2018, Tea Tree Oil will explore ways to transition to an independently run program of research. To 2018, Tea Tree Oil research proposals that align with industry-specific RD&E funding priorities and the objectives outlined in the New and Emerging Plant Industries Three-Year RD&E Plan (2015–2018) will be considered for funding by RIRDC.